Using Virtual Reality to develop SPECTOR


Using VR to develop SPECTOR

D+I employ Virtual Reality in the product development process

D+I’s Melbourne team have been exploring the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the product development process for several years. VR is proving to be a valuable visualisation tool — allowing designers to explore alternative concepts in an immersive 3D environment. The D+I team are now taking their use of VR to a new level by experimenting with its application to usability and ergonomics.

We employed this technology while developing a revolutionary new product for KORE Geosystems. The product, called SPECTOR, is a geological core logging and analysis system for exploratory core drilling in the mining sector. It requires users to load and unload large (and heavy) trays of core samples, and interact with a touch-screen based software interface.

The video above is a recording of a VR concept review session we undertook with the team from KORE Geosystems. They were able to interact with two alternative configurations of the product and simulate the experience of core loading and interacting with the user interface. The feedback gained from this session helped us to optimise the product ergonomics and confirm the ideal location, angle and height for the touch-screen interface.

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